10 Şubat 1862 Tarihli The New York Herald Gazetesi Sayfa 1

10 Şubat 1862 tarihli The New York Herald Gazetesi Sayfa 1
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T % TH WHOLE NO. 9283. b / * THE BURNSIDE EXPEDITION. Important News from Roanoke Island. Rebel Reports of an Engagement Between the Union and Rebel Forces. The Union Foroe Said to Have Been Twice Hepnlsed. THE FIQHT STILL 60INQ ON. SKETCH OF ROANOKE ISLAND. Ets Strategic Importance, Fortifications and Ctarrison, Ac., Ac., Ac. FoififiS Fob. 8,1863_. Tho flag of trace from Crancy Ig'and to-day brought over several ladies to go North. One of the lady passengers reports that to-day General pager informed hor that ho had received a despatch from Roanoke Island, to the efleet that Ike federal forces had advanced to Roanoke. Island, and had been twice npuUcd. The attack commenced at soveu o'clock yesterday morning (Feb. 7), and Ike light urn itill going on win. a the latut news was received. Noekouc, Feb. 8,1812. A messenger, arrlvod to-day from Roanoke Island, reports that four federal steamers wero ofT the Island last night and a large number of vessels were twelve miles below the island. An attack was expected at that point. Ccn. Wise is in better health. SKETCH OP ROANOKE ISLAND AND THE REBEL FORTIFICATIONS. ' The above communication is from a rebel source, from no less a personage than M^jor General Samuel linger, the ommanuam ai norr oik. ine ia?i private amices we have from the expedition wore up to the 5th instant. On that day the gunboat fleet and troop transports loft nat' terae for Roanoke Island. Our correspondent writes:? Commodore Goldsborough feared that the delay already experienced would give the enemy a great advantage, provided they had been sharp enough to 1m' |?rovo the opportunities thus afforded them. He cons id red that the expedition had been favored with good luck so far in escaping the chances of storms upon that ^totut at this season, and getting so many vessels inside Ibe Sound safely. It seemed to he the opinion of the commander that in future such expeditions should be more under the control of the navy oiflcers. He feared more difficulty for the largo vessels after they should save Albemarle Sound, and was anxious that the gun' boats of light draft should be hurried up. Oeneral Burnsido's force, which is very numerous, was to have boen landed on the lower end and east side of the island, under the guns of the war vessels. Commodor* Goldsborough 'a fleet were to engage the batteries on < Voutan Sound, at short range, while a portion of the loud force was to have pushed to any point where the nemy should show himself in force. When the expedition galled from Hatteras all wore confident of success. Ail were in good health and good spirits, and good order and discipline prevailed. All they wanted was a chance to met the enemy. The ves Scls were supplied with provisions for sixty days, aud a large supply of coal. We rather opine, if a blow has been struck at all on Jtoanuke Island, the result will be In favor of the Uui<m arms, as their numerical strength and equipment were of superior character to those of the rebels. The object of taking Roanoke Island by the Union forces is to take the initiative towards seizing other points on the railroad running directly South lrom Itlch' mend, and thus effectually to cut off the supplies from III- Southern States. If the Union troops are fortunate enough to secure its capture, It will put a stop to tho inland coast navigation of N'orth Carolina, which menus of transportation has been so useful from its safety ag.iinst b?>siilc cruisers. Tim most important object of tho seiznro will, however, W the threatening or Norfolk, and, if it iff thought ad\ i table to rollow ap tb? advantago, tho flanking of tho rebel army at Norfolk. A movement securing Pamlico and Albemarle Honrnls, and thus commanding the great Albumarle and Chesapeake Canal and tho Dismal Swamp Canal, would command the adjunct canal known aa the Jericho Canal, connecting, through Lake Drummmd, with un important railroad junction at a town called Suffolk, on tho Karaeinond river, where tho main railroad route from Norfolk branches into what are culled tho Norfolk und Petersburg Railroad and the Seaboard and Roanoke Railroad, thus completely cutting off all connection by rail or water between Norfolk and Ita unround, jng country and the other parte of tbo rebel re. giont. The strategic importance of such a move Bent, if uooeMfnlly made, will form one of the B>"i-t important features of the war. The Island la a position which is valuable to ue, commanding, as It dose, the Currituck Sound, which opens into Albemarle. Currituck ie about fifty miles long, ten miles wide, and is havigable for veaaela drawing ten feet of water. Owing to the natural breakwater which protects a large p rtion tf the coast* of North Carolina and Virginia, the water ie a placid as a lake, and easily navigated. It has been fortified by tn* rebels, who have eslab Itched an intrenched camp in the centre, and erected five torts to defend it at important point*. THE BEBEL GARRISON ON ROANOKE ISLAND. (iKNEKAL OPVtCERP. Major Oenerat Hill, commanding. Brigadier General Henry A. Wine. moors?w ihb led ton. Light artillery battery, Captain Homer. Fust regiment, Cokmol F.. H. Kwall. Pe?ond regiment, Colonel Frank Anderson. Third regiment, Colonel J. L. Davie. Infantry battalion, Lieuteuant Colonel Gibbs. luf.-intry battalion, Lieutenant Colonel Patten. . Infantry battalion, Major Dntlleld Infimtrjr battalion, Major Hanrfhornugb. eteoreia regiment, (olnnei McMillan. North Carolina regftnent, Colonel in all about 6,000 troops. The fortifications are supported by a small naval tores,under Commodore W. F. Lynch. The names of tho rebel steam gunboats are the Fanny (captured rmm tho Cnion), Oirisw, Hoablrd and Post Roy. Kach of these TRHI U>? UI aiiuumeiii 01 two gum earn. OUB EXPEDITIONARY CORRESPONDENCE. Cameo Stems Orxmi.it ConAri, 1 Hamas* Ijft.frr, .Tan 31, 1*6.' j alm'aal of tV tohoon* CnlotKl XatttrUy, witk Ordnnmc blow, H1/M famum, A?Guuboat Pradico?fruit' 1 After a Urtxl '.itnixtal, 4c. Soma anxiety waa felt rag adding tho Tata of the transfort schooner Colonel Ratter lay, which waa relieved whan aha calmly entered tha Inlet on the '29th Inst. Shu has the expeditionary signal corps on board, and hence tha anxiety regarding hor aafaly. Rba loft Portress Monroe on tha 16th inst., and made Tlattarae light the rama erasing, bnt, unwilling to en tar tbe inlet after runnel , stood on and off during the night. On tha succeeding day she waa caught In a gale and compelled to put to sea. { the remained in the vicinity of the Gulf Stream until the (ale had died out, tad then made for tlie Inlet, reaohlng the her outside on the 33d, where she anchored over Might. Another gale hlew her ont to sea on the following aorning, and kept her out until she again made this an. whorage safely yesterday morning. She suffered no da snage whatever. In addition to tbe signal corps, she rings a valuable cargo of ordnance stores, consisting of hot, shall, powder and r'Aed cannon of heavy calibre. The gunboats have been practising their guns 4nrlng tbe past few days, with the buovs as targets, ftona excellent shooting has been mads. Tbe Cossack just been armed with two steal twelve-pounders, ad Is ready to "lake a hand" in the f'gh , If necessa-y. . Jbe gunboat Siwanea, whiCf!, 11 fm thought, had | % :e ne been hopelessly grounded, is afloat again, and but little Injured. ANOTBK* CHASB AVTEK A HSBBI. GCXBOaT. The rebels are growing very audacious in their eagerness to reconnoitre our movements. J)ay before yesterday a sail was observed in a northwest direction hovering around as if watching our movements. The gunboat Underwriter finally got up steam and started to overhaul the rebel craft, which, from the sail, was thought to be a sloop, but subsequently turned out to be a schooner-rigged steamer of very light draught. The chase became, a most eiciting one, and was watched with intense interest by the fleet, from which every glass was levelled in the direction of the two vessels. The pursued and pursuer passed out of sight in a couple of hours, and towards nightfall the Underwriter returned empty handed. The rebel got away in shoal water, thiough which it would have been impossible and dangercus to follow. Beyond this little incident nothing has occurred within the past two days to break the unvarying monotony of life in Hattera8 Inlet. IMPORTANT FROM TENNESSEE. Gunboat ReeonaoiMaaee from Fort Henry up the Cumberland River?The Advance Upon Fort Donelson?Large Amount of Property Captured?Departure of Cavalry and Artillery from St? Louis for Fort Henry, die., dee. Cincinnati, Feb. 9,1862. Special daspafclies to tbe Gazette and Commercial, dated Fort Henry, February 8, givo tba following intoJli '***>: ? Directly after the capture of Fort Henry the gunboeti Lexiugt'>u, Tyler and Cone.-toga started up the liveri with Instructions to proceed as far as thuy saw lit. Yesterday tho Carondel't, in cliargo of Colonels Wobster, Riggius and McPhcrson, of Geueral Graut's stnlT, made a reconnoUsacce as far as tho bridgo of tho Memphis and Clarkesville Railroad, at Danville. They found quarters had been built at the bridge, and occupied by some troops, aud whero was also found a large quantity of army supplies, commissary stores, wagons, &c. Tbe Inhabitants were deserting thoir dwellings for miles around, and fleeing in evory direction. The bridge at Danville was partially disabled by the first gunboats which went up tho river. Another of tho plors was crippled so as to completely pretent tho passage of trains. There were but eight guns captured by Hlckey's cavalry and Colonel Logan, Instead of fourteen. Nearly all tho guns wore spiked with telegraph wire, which can easily be removed. They are brass six pounders and in fli o order. All tho prisoners taken (about one hundred) were sent to Cairo yestorday. Tho amount of property captured will exceed $1,000.000. Reconnoi8anccs have been made by Col. Logan and others to w-ithin a mile of Fort Donelson. Gen. Grant aud sua will make a reconnoisance this afternoon beyond Danville. Sr. I.ons, Mo., Feb. 8,1862. A correspondent of the Republican says that tho property eaptured at Fort Henry is valued at upwards of *20<>,000. One thousand five hundred cavalry and a battery of light artillery left here yesterday for Fort Henry. Forward movement of Gen. Thomai' Division?Three Armies to Invade Ten* ' nctteee* Cincinnati, Feb. 8,1863. A special Indianapolis despatch to the Commercial says that Gen. Thomas'division is said to have made a forward movsment, and will invade Fast Tennessee at three different poiuts simultaneously. General Carter goet through Cumberland Gap,Gen. Schoepf by the central route, and Goo. Thomas, with Manson aud MaC'iook's br ga les, will cross at Mill Spring. Thoy will advance iin mediately on Knoxville, where they will take possession of the railroad, cutting off supplies and cummucicatlon with the rebel government. NEWS FROM THE UPPER POTOMAC. OUR POOLESVILI.E CORRESPONDENCE. I'oolksvilik, Feb. 6, 1862. Brirk Skirmish with the Rebels near Edward$' /Very? Tricks of the Enemy?Vigilance of the Union Jrooju? J he Rhode Iland Battery Unpaged in the Bkirmi'h? RHyhl of the A'netny, rfe. Tho first skirmish with the enemy that has occurred iu this vicinity for a considerable time took place yesterday near Edwards' Ferry. Tho rebels have been for some time obgorvod erecting a stockade fort on the opposite side of the river, near the ferry. First they came In small working parties and operatod under cover of tbe night. Ttioir proceedings were well known to our troops; but they took no notice of them, fur reasons which were made obvious by tho sequel. Vest they came in larger parties, andoontlnued thotr labors under the shade oi darkuess. Kmboldeued by the supi>o*t><l absence of vigilance iu the Yankees and their own sue cess, they continued the construction of the oinbryo fort yesterday. Now was tbe tlmo and opportunity for our troops to pay the rebels the military compliment of martial nonors. While the nutim-hed fort was yet unable to make any defence. Unttery G, of Rhode Island, suddenly opened on it yeaterday afternoon, ft wa? crowded with rebel working parlies at the time. Our artillery throw the ten and twelve-pound Parrott shells and balls into it with peat precision, completely demolishing the fort and causing groat consternation and terror among the astounded rebels. It is unnecessary to add that they b"giutcd not to run for their lives, which some of tbom were unable to carry off. A few harmless rifle shots were (tred at our artillerists; but no harm or Injury was done by any of them. The rebels have not dared to show themselves in the vicinity of their abandoned work alnce, and by this they have proved their w,adorn. This is tho manner in which the rebels srs cnecaiuaiuo on me i pper roiomac. OUR SANDY HOOK CORRESPONDENCE. savdy Hook , Md , Feb. 8,1882. On Thursday meltt. about one o'clock, Major Tyndall's picket*, stat toned on tbe Maryland side of the Potomac, and along the village of Bandy Hook, wcrs alarmed by a gunabut from the foot of I/judou Heights, just below tho rmbrotukurt of tho Shenandoah, followed by female shrieks of murder and cries for help. Colonel Orary, who wi ll the Major's quarters, immediately ordered a corps of riOemen to concentrate opposite the point whence Ibo cries emanated and tire continuously on tha level of Mm roal at the foot of the mountain, and on both tides of the house where the cries were heard, The order waa obeyed, and when tl.o morn broke it was learned that tbo house of the widow Stipes had been broken Into and ransacked for salt, tea and sugar, by a gang of eighteen or twenty mcu, supposed to bolong to Captain Baylor's guerrillas; also that lbs woman had been maltreated be i:a so a signal shot had been tired by her sun. About S' yen o'clock yesterday morning a flag of truce was displayed iu a landing arch in the railroad wall, just above the recent Harper's Ferry Bridge, where an angular flight of steim lod from the town side of tho stone om b mkment, under the railroad track to tha river. Tbo porson waving the ling and railing for a boat to come over was the only one In sight, and ho w.is "colored.'' A boat, with tho ferryman and a gentleman named tioorge Ruhr (a loyal Vlaginian, whose property had been destroyed,because of his Union sentiments), went over to respond to ih# summons of humanity. As the boat n.-ared the arch Ruhr remarked to the ferryman, that the man with the flag of trues waa not a negro, but a white man painted; nevertheless It wae derided to land and see what was warned. Tha boat was pushed stern foremost Into the arch, Rohr being seated in tho stein. By the dim light It wae discovered that tbe stairway waa thronged with uien, and before the boat could be started forward' a man, pronounced by tho deceased to be Capt. llaylor, tired a musket, the ball taking eflkrt in Bohr's rlgnt thigh, passing through the leg, and routing out jugt above the knee. Trie wounded man, finding he bad been entrapped. fired his musket Into th>' recess when a second bad struck him on tbe shoulder, end |*astng downward, c ame out below tbo right bresst. When It became known on thia side that Rohr had been . shot our riflemen imurcd volley after volley Into the landing arch and such places aa tbe euetny might conceal themselves. TTin battery on tbe Maryland hoighls opened on tha houses In the rear, and tho pickets in Sandy tlook discovered a squadron of cavalry and footman poshing up tho Shenandoah road in the dire< lion of Cliarlostown. A squad of foot soldiers ware alio discovered on the I nndon ide of tho Shenandoah, behind the abutment of lb# burned bridge, bnt beyond the range or our ritlea. Tlia buildings which had concealed the party of murderers from view and sheltered thorn from tho riflemen hud long boon (be rendezvous, day and niglit. of the enemy's scouting parties, who were thus enabled to ap- < pto.t :tyins?rn and Ore upon our pickets. Their destruction nod heretofore been contemplated, hot deviated 'rem out of consideration of the mltlmore and (I i|o Railroad Company, who had a considerable internet therein. Colopel t.cary, however, ortleiod their imnio<ll nto dosirncl'.m by flr?. ?n > Milng to ignito by shells, Mn or Tyndall detached l.louteuant tiiconwalt, of Com , any F of the Twenty eighth Pennsylvania rugtment, r-. p r r r \ a | * ' j i W YO NEW YORK, MONDAY, THE EXPEDITION TC Important Strategical Position ? teries on the Island : Ij^ with ten inen, to proceed to the other hide and ?et flr# to them, wlil'-li they speedily accomplished, bringing back several trophies dropped in hasty retreat by the murdering tMU'iy, junong which was a splondid Minnie musket, loaded, burnot capped. The houses tired were the lvngpr Gait tuid Railroad H dels, tb<< Raltiinore and Ohio Railroad depot, the Winchester Railroad depot, We Ink's store, the telegraph office, and the dwelling houeee ol' Mrs. Wager, Mrs. Darin, Mrs. Ellen Chambers', tieorga Chambers and Wm. J. Stevens, none of which were occupied. The destruction of the block now gives our pickets and batterymen a view of the Shenandoah road front Charleston-!), and will enable our men to protect the village in daylight from any clandestine occupancy by the enemy's forces as well as give them a warm reception if they should attempt to advance iu force by their favorite and hitherto protected route. The coullagriUiou was muguillcent, tho volume of smoke and (lame almost concealing the surrounding mountain heights and enveloping tlio doomed town. Occasionally a concealed shell or gun , would explode iu the burning buildings, and givo a ternporary relief to our cunnouiers and riilemun by a hope thai they were (lie guns of an Approaching enemy. The once patulous town of Harper's Ferry now con- , tains but seven families?all good Unionists?numbering perhaps forty souls, all told. During the shotting, these. 1 us has long i>e< n customary, hung out white llags, anil I their domicile were accordingly respect -d by our can j noniers. When your correspondent ascended the Maryland : Heights, In the afternoon, none of the rebels were visible except a squad of cavalry stretched across the road at a small woods behind Rolivar,unr were more than a dozen ili/ens keen m fie three villo^eH or Harper s Fe? ry, Camptown and Bolivar for sc. crul hour*. Squa '? i of tie wi'iny's cavalry were occasionally seon on the road near Charlestown, but their numbers did not indicate uny im|K>rt.int movement. At live o'clock T. M., throe of the enemy 's cavalry came down the Charlestown road, and dismounting entered tn<> ferry. A few moments later one made his appearance with a Hag of truce on a plutform car, standing directly over the landing arch, where his associates h id committed the murder in the morning hv the use of on emblem held sacred in war, even by the most barbarous and debased nations of the earth. Immediately two hundred cocked laitield rifles covered his fo m, and two twelve pounders, loaded with Scriber's patent cartridges, ('railroad spikes and iron slugs), were trained to bear upon the same spot. Hie men wore almost insano to revenge the death of their late comrade, but wero prevented by a gesture from Col. Ueory. The boaror of the flag camo from Charlestown, and was sent to request that the body of young Carlisle, a deceased volunteer in the disunion runks from Maryland, might be sent over for interment to day. Tbo Colonel responded that Maryland soil *as no lit re-ting place for the bod lee of traitors, and as tbo flog of truce had liecn violated in the morning, that game could nut be p'ayod on him twice in ono day. The Hag responded that the act of the morning was unauthorised ami would be punished. Colonel Gearv responded that the tlrst shot was tired by the officer in cmroand, and that he had no confidence in any such assertions. "1 will give you Ave minutes," raid th* Colonel, "to get beyond the reach of my gun*. I have no inoro to say.'* lite bearer of the flag and hla companions were suddenly on the Charlestown road, and promptly at the expiration of the Ave minutes, one ol' the twelve |iotinders discharged its iron nwssougers in the line of their retreat. It was subsequently ascertained that the bearers of the Dag were Baylor's men. that It was Baylor who tired the first shot at K?br, and the flag man was disguised and painted aa a negro to decoy our boat into the trap. Some time ago Ruhr was driven from Harper's Ferry (whore he owned a handsome property and wax carrying on a flourishing eurlagc manufactory business), on sreonnt of bis fllelity to the I'tilon. His pro|>erty was destroyed and enfl(located, and he, after securing the retreat of his wi e to this side, devoted his wb'do tinte to the government in designating the aecCUtonltta from the t'niou people who sought to cross into Maryland. Ho was highly esteomed end honored by nil our officers. HI* widow, who Is now destitute, is a Pennsylvania lady, and doserves the consideration of the government and the Union people. During the morning two of tho enemy were killed outright by our shells, and others were wounded. During tho conflagration a man in citizen's dress was seen walking to and fro between the abutment of the Hh< nsndoah bridge and near the house of Widow Kipes. After witnessing his motions for soine time, Colonel Geary orderc I e squint of his ?harp?ho<drra to fy tho range upon him?the distance being not less thuU one thousand two hundred yard". At the ftrat volley the follow ran up the road and tell?ho aflbrtcd to rise and fell again?a cloud of smoke momentarily h'd htm from view, and whon il rose he wns nowhere to be seen. Near where he fell s flssure In the rocks was discovered, end a boat with six men crossed and went up the road at the double quick; arriving at the rock the man was discovered, unharmed, siuiglv cnneonccd in the opening of the rock, and the squad returned with him us prisoner. On being interrogated h? stated that he belonged to (he Virginia militia at I/tesburg. and caino tip to visit an uuclo. Colonel Geary, believing him to be a spy, thought he had hotter be turned over to Uncle Sam. Ha gave his name as Henry Demory. A deserter from l-ceahurg, named Samuel T. Cain, previously found hie way to tho river,opposite Sandy Hook and was ferried over. Yesterday morning a considerable body of foot and mounted men, wero discovered on the road at the caet tide of Loudon Heights, but they retreated without coming within rarge. Jackson It reliably reported to be still at Winehe*fT. On rrturtiiug there from hi* late lour, ho denounced hie officer* Manet of "damned coward*,'1 bin innn a* half traitor*, and rent hla resignation to Richmond. The au theriliee there requested him to withdraw it, and he wilt probably do *o, under a promise of a higher position. Hrlgadler General Lender, at laat aceounie received here, wan at Romney with (Ira thoueand m< n. The Mill Spring Prisoner*. Lovumi.u, Feb. ft, lfie2. Forty air prlaonere, captnred at the Mill Ppring fight, wera brought hero to night. Amonglham are Meutonant Colonal II. It. Carter, of the Twentieth Tenneeeee, and

three ilentenauta of other rebel rejiroeot*. RK H FEBRUARY 10, 1862. ) ROANOKE ISLAND. )f the Island?The Rebel Batand on the Mainland. \ IONROE INTERESTING FROM SAN DOMINOO. Our Sun IMnUgo Cltjr Correspondence. Hav Doximjo Criv, Ja i. 13,1802. Termination <f the K jnikiic ami Commemement of the 1'rvrincialism tf the Chantry?Xom-Recognition of the A'?j Government hy the Great Pmctrt?What Spain Hat Accomplirheil c*4.1'romUrjt?A Splendid Loeatini for the Xurjdut mul M/V? Mtgrorj of t'u Cnit-d Stale*?Horn the ' City Hat /Mfworwi in Dathing ' Turnout/,'' ToiUt'en, Crinoline and Home Decoratimu? War A not from America?Cheat, itolt, tlx. Wo are mulling along hero iu a kind of " cucumber time" between liay ami grays. The poor old Dominican republic lias breathed it* last end been interred with the usual amount of howling; but Spain still site awkwardly in the now saddle. Shu duds here a splendid opportunity to invest the real* tiho got from Morocco, and tho*e she expects to get from timototimo from llaj ti and Mexico (I). VJ, Sho does not think she has got such an almighty bargain in San Domingo after all. Still her old ?'h-tili.au pride will not permit her to back out without a first rule excuse. its yet uone of the great Powers have recognized this island ?* a Spanish province, and the sovcrat consulates of I'rauco, Kngland and tho United Stales present u singularly mode*! aud ' attendant1' aspect. Spain, however, has begun well?rhc is on her good behav ior. A new tariff is proposed, reducing duties on merchandise in foreign bottoms from 30 to 20 per cent. It is also proposed, as a tub to Uncle Sana's whale to mako Satnana a free port for all nail ns, and it Is darkly hint ml that IVpuLiont I inonln a ill hn int/Wail l??r Kis august cousin, Isabella II., to Mud iita "ooetrabands" to our fertile (not snored; soil. The most entire religious toleration will be exercised Emigration from every laud under the sun, including "Duie" and "the land lying east of Chinese Tartary,'' will be encouraged. The coasting trade is thrown open to all flags; and last, but by no mean* least, that natiou whose uamo for centuries bus been the synonym of tyrauny and oppression, ban stepped boldly into the front rank of the progressive people of the earth; and here, on the spot where African slavery was first planted, and whence It spread Its poison laden brum bos like a blight iDg curse over the eurroundIng countrtea: here her first act after annexation has been to declare the chains of the slave broken, and broken forever. Materially the city at least has )>een benefitted by the change of gov eminent, ferriage*, thul have socn servieo on the boulevard* of Madrid ami Barcelona,as well as the fii'fOf of Hat ana, begin to show thomselves in our unaccustomed streets. Humbler vehicles?such as buggies, dog carts and New York drays?are abundant, nnd "jackass dott.'? is scorned and disgusted. Severe! lino horses from Cuba and Porto Rico hare been imported, and. gayly caparisoned, hear their creolo masters right proudly. Toilets are more dashing, if not more dittingvi than formerly. leas of the ninr.hrt'- ami bare batik order and pre|a>stcroua crinolines Naunt tbeir voluptuous curves In our ittfofi*. Ileuses, too, are catching a fresh coat of whits or r?i low wash, und shops and frnnhit innumerable meet tho eye every where. Meantime trailers are not frequent, but loafers abound. There is largo talk on politics, and, ss sometimes happous in provincial circles, confused notions ol' things. There arc "wars and rumor* of ware." We loarn that. tu consequence of the Muster made by John Bull uptst the arrest of Mason and slidelt, the French Emperor has called upon John to account for the disposition made of his unrle, who pieced himself as s refugee (not in act of war) on hoard a British erail; also that the Southern confederacy has declared war against some of the Herman principalities, and that a Hossien lb et has been seen oil fharlestou. In the interior things await tho coming of the husbandmen. The island is the same wilderness as when fobimbns gazed with rapture upon its ever green hilla and magnlfl eut plains. Vast herds roam at will over the savannahs hni ihe herd n on are few. Its mines, dial once yielded a no incousiilerablo portion of the revenue of Spain, are unwoiked: its teeming valleys are unhrokon by the plough; its rlvere flow sullenly through lowering thickets to silent harbors. What a glorious ftcltl to try the experiment of free black labor in the tropics. Who > i.l undertake itf tienernl Santana is etill Captain doners I. He i* an exemplary gentleman, but slow. Affairs are managed pretty much by bis Excellency, tho Snperintendente and the Brigadier General, who are both men of a high order of Intelligence and ot extremely liberal vinwa. The Dominicans liavn been grndunlly set aside in the public offices, and Spaniards occupy their place- and pocket their emoluments. Mr. .loegnr.onrnaw Consul, ih at lila poat, but,lika hla predecessor, holds no official Intercourse with tha government. Wo have at the theatre ? prostldlgitateur. The Ceat*. however, do not aaionlali the natives, ainco Santaim chunked a republic Into a monarchical province by adaah of bis pen. Ibohaik Harvest Qenen, which sella to-morrow fbr New York, carries a sample of native cotton which grown hero abundantly, and eon doubtless ha cultivated to advantage It appears to ha orthc same epecles as the Peruvian cotton t.roo, ?nd growa wall In our poorest sell. It can probably ho rained in our Northarn and Middle 8'ates. No other American vessels now In port. Health of the city good. ER AI ADDITIONAL FROM PORT ROTAL. Arrival of the SIoop-#f-War Savannah and Frigate St. Lawrence. INTERESTING FROM TYBEE ISLAND. Heavy Armament of the St. .Lawrence. AFFAIRS AT FORT ROTAL. SANITARY STATE OF THE VESSELS, kc<) lie., Ait# l)w United State# frigate St. Laurence, fifty guns, Commander H. Y. Purviance, whoso arrival here on Saturday afternoon has already been reiwrted in the HnuLD, is now anchored far out In the Wallubout bay, opposite the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Iho St. Lawrence mounts on her spar deck eighteen 68-pounders, and on her main deck thirty-two Sri-pounders?a very formidable armament. Before the St. Iawronco left Port Royal the genoraF opintuii prevailed that an attack would be made on Fort Pulaski; but nothing decisive hud boon agreed on when he tailed. The rebels in South Carolina are described as being in a most wretched state, bordering otf starvation. Their ships, or tvliat they term their war vessels, are called by the Union blockadiug squadron mosquito boats. On the day before the St. Lawrence sailed three of these mosquito vessels actually lailod between the blockading squadron on both sides, and succeeded in passing through without sustaining any injury. They are now, however, so completely hemmed in that thoy cannot be reinforced or provisioned. Thero were signs that a blow, on an extensive scale, waa about to bo struck by our forces. The St. Lawrence brings many mementoes from Port Hoyal, of which not the least uninteresting are font swine and two dogs, with their young. On her heme ward voyage the frigate experienced very severe weather; but no casualties occurred, and her officers and crew are in excellent health. The object of her visit to this port is not yst definitely known, but it is supposed that when she is fully stored with fresh provisions and ammunition sho will receive orders to rejoin the blockading squadron. The sauitary state of the ship is excellent, and her seaworthiness is not In the slightest impaired. Tho first rate sloop-of-war Savannah, Commander John S. Missroen, now lying ut the Brooklyn Navy Yard, le the object of much attraction, and so many partios oU Saturday afternoon availed themselves of the opportunity of paying her a visit iu rowing boats and going on board that it became necessary to prohibit the extension of such a privilege, from the fact that some of her crew ar# 1 iboriug under the affects of scurvy, as was stuted in yes terday's Hcrjtd. This, howovtr, iu no way prevents the active porrorra. ance of duty by the healthy pert ion of the men; and, on . Saturday evening, her sails and top gallants were spread out to dry, whilst her decks underwent a thorough cleaning. Commander Miesrcon, with First I.ieutensnt Johnston and tho other officers, are u- ing all diligence to have tho cleansed - nilrits?<1 and n?lltt.>d fur imHt a biipvita Her armanicut will be duly attended to, eo as to have It properly strengthened for future service. On Saturday laat a large lighter, with powder and other war material, lay alongside to be transhipped in due course. Her commissariat will also receive due attention. It is gratify lug to state that even, sinco the abort time of the Oavantish'M arrival here, those who are indispose'1 on board aro beginning to cviuce symptoms of renewed health uud vigor, and with due attention aud the care which is now being bestowed upon the sick, it is to bo hoped that they will soon be ready to resume their duties in tho fr igato. OUR EXPEDITIONARY CORRESPONDENCE. I'sited states Stkavku Wyandot, ) Ow Tvhkk, (ia., Jan. 31, lsdi. J Mortwent* of the fYifral Fleet?J he Troop* at Wort: at the / brtif rations at Tybee trtawl?Jkurfutki* Islam! and it* Surroundings?UunbiaU at Xtu*au Sound?Recotmoittaiiee of ths Rebel Wo-ltt?Morewnl* of Troop*?Firing fix>m Foit /'ula*H, tfr., <fe. 1 have little of importance to transmit, apart from intelligence that you are doubtless in pi esession of. We are still maintaining tho same state of Inactivity that pre vailed at tho dale of my laat to you. Tha universal inquiry among the troops on shore, as well as w ith the mm in the squadron, Is, why Is there nothing done by tho government? The Seventh Connectieut as well as the Forty sixth New York, encamped on Tyhee, are anxiously expecting orders for a movement. In the Interim tboy are strongly fortifying tho island by constructing masked batteries, mounting effective guns, and throwing op abatlis. In their ordnance they number several eight inch rifled cannon, and a proportion of Farrott guns. Hut they will grow "rusty for want of use." We are keeping watch and ward at the 'mouth of tha channel, in which notable duty we have th? companionabip of the Pawnee (flag ship here) and the aloop-of-war Vsndatla. Much Intorest Is felt In thi movements of the Kiugal, a vessel that Haunts the ensigu of her Gracious Majesty the Queen, which craft has been lying, perdu, since Isst spring in the vicinity of Savannah. 1 had almost concluded that she was as mythical as the "Flying Dutchman," until she was discovered from the masthead of the Pawnee, with her national bunting flying. the will attempt to run the blockade, either here or through Warsaw |iassage. In either event she must keep a cloee watch over her cotton, as this staple is much wanted to protect our steam chests. Her oargo is said to be made up or ootton and rice, both of which commodities would realize n handsome division for our officers and men at present prices. Dawfuskie Island, where tbere are many fine planta tloos now dcsarted. is in charge of provost marshal and a detachment of civil engineer* ia now encamped thero. They have been recently engaged in sounding and clearing the channel off the end of the Island, and in the prosecution of the work, have, upon more than one oc cvrIon, approached close to the walls of Fort rulaski They are under the surveillance of the Seventh Connecticut. and communicate iu their line of pickets with the companies belonging to the same regiment quartered on Hilton Island. Roth the New York and New England troopa evidenco great proficiency in drill, and are efficient, especially the former, In artillery practice. These regiments are attached to the brigade of Ueneral Wright, who ia an ai romplisbeil officer, aud much esteemed. The Forty-sixth New York under command of Co'oiiel Rosa, hail from the vicinity of Williamsburg, in that State, and are mostly Merman*, while Col. Terry's r.immand are from New Haven. having left that place In September last. The troops are poorly cared for and illy clad. The appointment of brigade and division sutler*, position* created for the especial advantage of the friend* of the department, hae materially interfered with the comfort of both men and officers. Regimental sutler* In this section have no voice, and until recently the moet ordinary articles of consumption In the kutler'a stores have been held at prices that, when paid, made sad inroads upon the monthly stipend. won fowl are here found in abundance, nnd ?<*n m?? aeaec-reeof th??n,almoet,feeding on the radge on the "dKos of 'h' rboals. The lalntidii abound In game, and cattle and horeea run wild, while vonieon can be had for the abooting. I rehired from a aucceeafnl forage a fVw dare aince with the boat* laden with hoge, poultry, vegetablne and a young bullock, the only freah meat wo have seen atuee we left New York. The oyatore are par ticularly tine, and may be taken by the boat load at low tide iu any of the n morons creek* and inlem that inter eoct both tiroat. and Utile Tybee talande. tki Sunday la*t, the 'iflth inat., while antertaining aome of the nttleera of th? forty-ninth New York at dinner, throltlcerof the dack reported a fleet of t'nlted Slate* f unboaV< heading for Warsaw passage, Wo aubaegwraty ascot tamed that information waa lit |Xte*e**inn of ona of the offirera here that a demoeetroi ion noun Savannah waa in contemplate n. l'hla moritlttg ('i7th inat ) the Hloamera were not in eight, At two o'clock I*. w. lite army transmit McClel'un, with Hen. Sherman and staff on board,Came to anchor. All eround eeeined to indicate / ,D. PBICE TWO CEETS. a decided, If not an immediate movement upon hie part. It may lie that tbo design in aimply to out off any communication between Fort Puluaki and the main land. Thia afternoon the gunboats divided their pointn of occupation, ono detachment weathering nawfu?kie_Ialand, iui iiiucis maae meir way inland Dy Warsaw passage. Two of the latter, subsequently lour, war? clearly mad* out from the deck edging up Id roar of the fort The United States troops on Dawfuskle Island have been recently rtquforced by two regiments from Hilton Head, part of Gouerul Visle's brigade, white General Stevens is encamped at Beaufort. Pulaski is silent to-day, and we have failed to notice the smoke of their news boat since she was apprised of the reinforcement we have received. There must have been "a sound," bat not "of revelry by night" in Savannah, as that cily is now coini.iely blockaded. As we unliuii>ated, shortlv after nine o'clock this mornlug (28lh January), the "game of ball '.was commenced by the United Stiles gunboats inside of Dawfuskie Island, opening th e with shot and shell upon the confederate steamers, five in number, thai hove in sight coming down the channel. At the same time our vessels, which had tukcu position out of the range of the guns irom Fort Pulaski, spoke in unmistakeable language, distributing their iron messengers la the most energetic msaner. The Ida, a confederate craft, succeeded in running the gauntlet, and eventually cauie into the pier extending from Pulaski. A steamer of heavior tonnage was iKildly running dewn astern of tho Pawnee, bat seemed to be silenced in her movements by the gun* from the boats in the upper passage, for she suddenly wore around and beat a hasty reircat. She was followed by one of her colleagues, both under a heavy fire, hut they succeeded in making good their escape. At noon two others, emboldened by tho success of their file leaders, bore away up the centre'of the channel, and were greeted with an equally warm reception. Finally the Ida got under way, ami after exchanging broadsides with their persistent annoyers, weathered tho point, leaving only a long lino or smoke to mark her paa-agc. Some of our gunboats were aground during tho engagemeut,as tiro water is very shoal in the inlets that they were slutionod in, and the tid? had nearly run nut when they opoueil Are. l'hey all occupied such a position that tbey could not make tho channel, consequently many of their .-.hot fell short. At half past two P. M. the battery on Tybee Island triod tho range of her guns on Fort Pnlaekl, which was responded to by a shot intended for the Pawnee, hut which fell short some two hundred yards. THANKS TO FLAG OFFICER DUPONT. The Presid' nt has soul the following message to Congress ? To the Senate ok the United States :? The third section of the * Act further to promote the efficiency of the navy," approved 21st December, 1801, prov ides :? That the President of the United States, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, st all have the authority to detail from the retired list of the navy, for the command of squadrons and Mingle ships, such otticers as he may be lie VO that the good of tho service requires to be thus placed in command; aud such officers may, if. upon the recommendation of the President of the United States, they shall receive | a vote of thanks of Congress for their nervlces aud gallantry ! in nolion against the enemy, be restored to the active lief, and not otherwise. In conformity with this law,Captain Samuel F. Dupont, of the navy, was nominated to the Senato for oontlnuano? an the flag officer in command of the squadron which recently rendered a 'th important service to the Union in the expedition to the coast of South Carolina. Believing that no occasion could arise which would more fully correspond with the iulcntion of the law. or bo moro pregnant with bappyinilucnce as an example, I cordially reCommend that Captain Samuel F. Dupont receive a vota ol thanks of Congress for his services and gallantry dieplayed in the capture of Forts Walker and Beauregard, V'lliiUKUUlUg kil? * UVI NltV %V a VI V 1W.VW IIM i "U HIV 7th November, 1801. A i lit A HAH LINCOLN. Wasiuxotox Crt, 4th February, 1842. IMPORTANT FROM MISSOURI. Advance of the Union Foieea-Oen. Price Surrounded?Must Fight or Surrender, die* Rou_i,Feb 8,1892. The new* from the West indicate* that the prepare, lions for a decided blow againat the enemy are nearly completed. The forces for this movement are nearly all concentrated at the point whence It is Intended to move against the adversary, and in a few daya the whole com. maud will probably be nu tbe march westward. Generals Slgel and Asboth's divisions have reached Lebanon, and Major Wright's battalion of cavalry has moved thirteen miles west of that point. Gen. Davis'brigade was reported to be orofsing the Osage river on Wodnesday, and a portion of Uwaa expected to arrive at Lebanon on Thursday. Two of Major Wright s scouts report that Pries hay made a speech to his troops, telling them they were aurHorroundcd. that they must light or surrender, and that tney all decided to Qgbt. Price Is said to have beep heavily reinforced front Arkansas, and to have eollqpted large supplies of provisions on tho road leading from Springfield to Faycttoville. lupla.ii \\ooa nail arrived ai wuynrsviuo wim iwuaiy seven ri-bol prisoner", including Ave captain*, taken bewocn lebanon anil Springfield. St. Luis, Feb. 8, 1842. Nine hundred priaoncis were transferred from hereto Alton to-dny, wliere quarters have been prcpaied In the old penitentiary. A regiment o( cavalry left here yesterday for Rolla. Another Veaael Sent In Pursuit of the Pirate Croft Sumter. Tho Enited States gunboat K corsage Sailed from Portsmouth, X. H.,on the 7tli lust., for layal and a cruise. The following is a correct hat of her officer Commander?T. W. Pickering. Lieutenant?T. C. Harris. Surgeon?John M. Ilrowne. Atsutant Faymaetrr?Joe. A. Smith. Anting Matteit?V. If. Stoddard, Jamos H. Wheeler, J. H. Sitmner. Anting Midnhipman? Ed. E. Preble, of Portland, who goon as'Sailing Master. Arftnp Qunner?K. A. Oraham. /! altunin?James 0. Walton. Mm'er't Maftt?Chae. H. IHuiforth, Ezra Bartlett. Chief Kngxnner?W HCuahman. Writ Auvtard Knrnneer?Jaraea W. Wbtttaker. Sremul Amitlant Engineer?W. H. Radlam. Third Anittant. Mndtneen?Fred'k D. lliiier, Henry Me* Conned,Sidney L. Smith. CoMmtmder'1 Clerk?Charles O Muziey. Surgeon'tStewanl?t.'eorge A. Tittle. Paymatter't Steward?Daniel B Sargent. It ia understood that the Rears*go will endeavor te pay ita special respects to ths privateer Sumter. Yoaag Pri ble, who gess a* Sailing Master of her, is grandson m Commodore Preble, and only uiuetoen years of age. llebel Accounts of the Capture of Port Henry. N.SSOIJS, Feb. 8,1842. A despatch from Clsrksrllle says that Fort Henry has fallen Into tho hands of the enemy, onr force retreating to Fort Donelson, F-deral gunboats are at Danville, Tennessee, and the bridge at that placo bas been destroyed bv tho Yankees. Twcuty thousand federals formed tbe attacking column. Rearms, Fab. 7,1863. Fort Henry ?u capturod by tbe federate yesterday, alter two bourn lighting. Naw Out kaxs, Feb. 7.1863. Four hundred and ninety-two prisoners left yceterday for North Carolina to bo exchanged. If ewe from Fortreu Monroe. Fortkbw Moxroi, Feb. 8,1863. An order was leaned from liead<iuartere yesterday for the Tenth Vow York regiment, now attached to tbe garrison of the fortress, to remove to Camp Hamilton aa soon as the weather will permit, in order to make room for the companies of artillery recently arrived. General Resecrani' Opinion of General Me CI el Ian. In a speech delivered at a supper in Wheeling, Va., en the Mb inst., General Rneecran* gsve many reasons why he had faith, great fstth Intleneral Meridian. He had known him as a student, snd he hsd known him as a Ka tlrtil mllltaiy man, snd In both relations he excelled. I lied always excelled wherever sod st whatever be had taken bold. His capacity was undoubted. If any man among our public men woe capacitated te wield our huge army, unprecedented aa It ie In history, It was, la Ida opinion, Mct'lel an. Hon?Arrlval of the America. Halifax, Feb. 9?10 A. M. No sign of the eteamibip America, new overdue at thic Own., Ma., Fab. 0?11 P. M. Tb? wire* *a?t of this pUtta are down. Court Calrni1ar?Thla Dap. prrsavK Corwr <'i a. n?Part 1.?Noa. 1662, 1667, 1596, 2015, 128. fl.tO. 8. 126.301, 830, 808,1106,1166. 1180,1162, 1108,1204,1280, 1310,1322. Onwwoir Pita*.?Part 1?Moo. 840,867,785.786, 67?, 871, 872. 873, 874, 376. 878 870. 080,480, 68.3. Pari 2 ?Noa. 666, 664H. 681 X, 862 , 687 , 022 , 833,400,804, 607 , 8HO, 14?4, into, 200, Ml. 8.1-nait.a rnriw.?Part 1.?Naa. 2771,1913, 3887, 8047, 3049. 8347, 2349, 8868, 3079. 146, 199. 289, 243, 247, 278. , Tlia natal* number* iMir m ih" new aatatxlar. Part 2.? Non. 1912, 3100, 3J-8. 36<t,2770, 1360,6602,8666' 3014, 3268, 422, 3018, 2C.-2, 2922. J